Farm Business Planning Course

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Farm Business Planning Course, Massachusetts and Online, Winter 2013-2014

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering two versions of its flagship Farm Business Planning Course again this winter. Learn to develop and plan for your farm business in either a classroom setting or a web-based learning environment! Both courses will cover all aspects of planning for the long-term financial success of your farm business, including how to: Select farm enterprises, create enterprise budgets and develop a farm business plan; Identify the markets in your area and promote your farm products; Find and evaluate the materials, equipment, and additional information and resources you will need as a farmer; and develop a crop production or livestock husbandry plan. Apply now for the winter session of either the classroom-based or the online Farm Business Planning Course!  Please select which learning style (classroom or online option) works best for you. Option 1: Classroom-Based Farm Business Planning Course Dates: January 8 - February 26, 2014 * Schedule: Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm * Location: 155 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA * Course fee: $400, or sliding scale, based on tuition scholarship application ($80 - $400) * Application Deadline: December 20, 2013 * Questions? Email Sam Anderson at sanderson@comteam.org or call (978) 654-6745. Option 2: Online Farm Business Planning Course Dates: January 4 - March 22, 2014 * Flexible schedule and location with 1 mandatory in-person orientation session to be held in downtown Boston, MA * Course fee: $500, or sliding scale, based on tuition scholarship application ($100 - $500) * Application Deadline: December 20, 2013 * Questions? Email Meredith Epstein at meredith.epstein@tufts.edu or call (978) 654-6745.

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is a partnership project between Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Community Teamwork, Inc. of Lowell.  New Entry's mission is to assist people who have an interest in small-scale commercial agriculture, to begin farming in Massachusetts. The broader goals of New Entry are to support the vitality and sustainability of the region's agriculture, to build long term economic self-reliance and food security among participants and their communities, and to expand access to high-quality, culturally appropriate foods in underserved areas through production of locally-grown foods.  New Entry achieves its mission through preparing farmers with the knowledge, practical skills training, and business savvy to produce healthful food and market it within their communities by providing business planning courses, field trainings, access to farmland, collaborative markets, and ongoing technical assistance and support.

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